Santaromita rounds up top ten on stage four of Tour of Norway

Sat 23 May 2015

2013 Italian champion Ivan Santaromita has rounded up the top ten on stage four of the Tour of Norway.

Ahead, Amets Txurruka (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) claimed victory atop the category two finish, whilst Jesper Hansen (Tinkoff – Saxo) hung on for fourth place to retain the leader’s jersey going into the final day of racing.

The top ten result backs up Santaromita’s third place yesterday and moves him into fourth overall, one-minute 33seconds off the pace.

Mat Hayman and all the boys did a great job getting the team to the front to give them a good crack at the final climb,” sport director Matt Wilson said.

“We knew it was a bit crazy going through the town and straight up the climb and we were hoping that if we hit it right in the final that a couple of guys from GC would get caught and that was the case.

“Then Jens Keukeleire controlled the pace from the front up the climb. We were hoping Caleb (Ewan) could get over it and have a go at the finish but the climb was just a bit too hard for him in the end.”

How it unfolded

The duo of Bob Jungels (Trek Factory Racing) and Pim Ligthart (Lotto-Soudal) created the move of the day within the first 40km of racing.

Sindre Lunke (Team Joker) set off in pursuit of the pair but failed to close the gap and eventually sat up and waited for the peloton.

Surprisingly, the bunch seemed relaxed and with less than 50km to go, Jungels and Lighart had six and a half minutes advantage.

Shortly after, Lighart lost touch leaving Jungels solo and sitting as the virtual leader of the race.  It sparked a response from behind, race leaders Tinkoff – Saxo leading the charge.

A once threatening advantage tumbled at rapid pace, the difference under two minutes with 15km to go and completed closed less than five kilometres later.

Counter moves were shut down as the remaining peloton, with ORICA-GreenEDGE at the fore, entered the final six kilometres all together.

As riders hit the category two finale, the action heated up as the general classification battle took over.

Tomorrow, the Tour of Norway wraps up with an aggressive circuit finish, likely to end in a bunch sprint.